Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
Frequently Asked Questions
Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, is a dental procedure in which sedatives are used to help patients relax and feel more comfortable during their dental treatments.
There are several types of sedation available for dental procedures, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (pills or liquid medication), and intravenous (IV) sedation.
Yes, sedation dentistry is generally considered safe when administered by a trained and licensed dental professional. Your dentist will evaluate your medical history and any medications you are taking to determine if sedation is a safe option for you.
The level of sedation you receive will depend on the type of sedation used and your individual needs. With nitrous oxide or oral sedation, you will be awake but very relaxed. With IV sedation, you may be in a state of deep relaxation or sleep.
After your sedation dentistry procedure, you may feel groggy or drowsy for several hours, and you will need someone to drive you home. Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure and when you can resume normal activities.
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